Anyone who reads my blogs knows I absolutely love the Puddle Duck Racers. PDRacer.com After all, thier motto is “cheap, creative, and having fun on the water.”
What other sailboat class has a “land speed record” category? So far no one has submitted an entry to this record but I’m sure someone is working on it.
Here are the rules for the land speed record:
1 – Boat does NOT have to be setup in class legal configuration
2 – May use any vertical or horizontal fins, or wheels & attached apparatus such as frame, structures etc. Also the hull may end up only being a cockpit for the land sailor carridge, but that is OK for this challenge.
3 – Skipper must remain in the boat for the entire distance, however all crew may be changed without limitation.
4 – Boat must be propelled by mother nature or human, no motors. Towing with a bicycle is OK, coasting down hill is OK.
5 – For distance record, you may make laps, if you have a GPS that logs distance traveled, you may use that for calculating distance traveled (does not have to be point to point).
6 – For speed record, you can use peak GPS or submit other means that used to calculate speed.
7 – Water must go, or be under the hull at some point in the record attempt. This might be as simple as duct taping a bottle of water under the hull, going over a puddle, or having the final stretch run into the lake.
This record shall be reset at the end of each year.
One place I check online a couple of times a day is the stats section of this blog. The interesting part of the stats is that it shows the location people use to click onto my blog. This evening I found two people had clicked through to me from something called “boat insurance.org.” Naturally I clicked on them to find out why since I have no known connection to them and found out that according to Boat Insurance.org I’m one of the “50 Must Read Boating Blogs” listed under their section called “Inspiration.” Their web page says, “Some blogs indulge their audiences with gorgeous photos, thoughtful meditations on boating life, humorous takes on maritime adventures, or some combination. Not always easily categorized, they’re still well worth your attention. Messing About in Boats, Tugster,Sea Fever, and OldSalt1942 fall into this category.”
For decades Fort Lauderdale and Miami have been duking it out to be the largest cruise liner port in the world. Until this Friday the 13th Miami held the title. They were the home of the Sovereign of the Seas, at 73,192 gross tons and 882 feet there was no doubt that the Royal Caribbean liner was the monarch of the oceans. But today the arrival of the Oasis of the Seas, another Royal Carib ship, at Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades wrested the title away from Miami.
The Oasis of the Seas is 225,282 gross tons (by comparison Titanic was 46,329 gross tons) and is 1,181 feet long, draws 31 feet and towers 236 feet above the waterline. Oasis’s crew of 2,165 will cater to up to 6,296 passengers (5,400 double occupancy) on 16 decks. The accommodations include two-story loft suites and luxury suites measuring 1,600 square feet. The ship cost $1.5 billion, the GDP of some small countries.
Naturally in order to handle a ship of this magnitude Port Everglades had to build the world’s largest single-ship terminal. The old terminal where the Oasis will be berthed was completely inadequate at 67,500 square feet. The new terminal covers 240,000 square feet.
Needless to say, locals and tourists flocked to the port to witness the ship’s arrival.
It’s difficult to see, but one of the high rise condos is dwarfed by the ship as it enters Port Everglades. You can see it better on the video as the ship leaves it astern.
The ship is massive
Filling the turning basin of Port Everglades
Preparing to turn the ship toward her berth
In time-honored tradition the tugs and fire boats give a water cannon salute
Once inside the port the ship starts to turn towards its berth
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